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Cerasuolo, Wilcox, Giorgio, and Allioth Earn NEWMAC Football Major Honors; 16 Named to All-Conference Teams

Cerasuolo, Wilcox, Giorgio, and Allioth Earn NEWMAC Football Major Honors; 16 Named to All-Conference Teams

Springfield, Mass. - November 15, 2017 - After putting together an undefeated regular season, 16 members of the Springfield College football team were named to the inaugural New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Football All-Conference teams.

The Pride earned four major NEWMAC awards this season, having junior defensive end Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) named Defensive Athlete of the Year, senior fullback Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) chosen as the NEWMAC Offensive Athlete of the Year, freshman defensive back Mackenzie Allioth (Middleboro, Mass.) tabbed the rookie of the year, and head coach Mike Cerasuolo named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year.  

In addition to Wilcox and Giorgio, senior offensive lineman Christopher Hayden (Madison, Maine), senior linebacker Dominic Traversa (Pittsfield, Mass.), junior defensive back Marlowe Scott (Dorchester, Mass.), senior tight end Chula Loomis (Milton, Mass.), senior quarterback Jake Eglintine (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) and sophomore offensive lineman Nick Bainter (East Bridgewater, Mass.) garnered NEWMAC All-Conference First Team honors.

Earning second recognition for the Pride included senior halfback Tyler Hyde (Plantsville, Conn.), sophomore halfback Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.), junior offensive lineman Brennan Fleming (Mechanicville, N.Y.), senior defensive lineman Joel Sodeinde (Dartmouth, Mass.), senior defensive lineman Joe Chaves (Cromwell, Conn.), senior linebacker Christian Zotti (Newington, Conn.), junior defensive back Josh Corporan (Lincoln Park, N.J.), and senior defensive back Jonny Bianchi (Pittsfield, Mass.).

In his second season at the helm of the Pride, Cerasuolo earned coach of the year honors after leadning Springfield to just its third undefeated regular-season in program history as the Pride rattled off a 10-0 mark en route to the inaugural NEWMAC Championship.  The Pride will enter the postseason with the top rushing offense in all of college football, which consists of 661 teams, and are averaging 452.3 yards per game, while the defense ranks seventh in the nation in yards allowed per game (220.3).

In his third season with the Pride, Giorgio was dominant on the defensive line as he was named the top defensive player in the conference.  The Business Management major ranks first on the team with 58 tackles, including 41 unassisted stops, and set the program record for tackles-for-loss in a season, notching 24, including 9.5 sacks.  Entering postesason, Giorgio is second in the nation in tackles-for-loss per game (2.4).  He is the just the third player in program history to earn a conference defensive player of the year.
 
It's been an unbelievable senior year for Wilcox, who leads the nation in yards per rush (8.13), is for fourth in the nation in total rushing yards (1,675), and is seventh in rushing touchdowns (19).   He has had five games with at least three touchdowns, and has rushed for over 200 yards in four games, including the last three games of the regular season.  The Finance major is just the program's fourth student-athlete to earn offensive player of the year honors, and the first since Chris Sharpe was named the Empire 8's top offensive player in 2006.    
 
Allioth made an immediate impact in the secondary in his first season in maroon and white as the rookie posted 22 tackles and three pass breakups.  The Health Science major is just the second student-athlete in program history to be named a conference rookie of the year as he appeared in all 10 games, including as a starter in the final seven contests.
 
Bainter, Hayden, Loomis, and Fleming all had a stellar years up front for the Pride, leading an offensive line that helped produce the most rushing yards in all of college football and holding opponents to only 39 tackles behind the line out of the 681 offensive plays this season.  Thanks to their efforts, Springfield set a program record for most rushing yards in a season, eclipsing the 4,500 yard mark and is 12th in the nation it total offense, producing just over 490 yards of offense a game.

Eglintine had a fantastic senior season, starting all 10 games under center for the Pride.  The Applied Exercise Science major has rushed for 810 yards and 13 touchdowns, to go along with 318 passing yards and five touchdowns in the air.  Under his leadership, Springfield is averaging 45.9 points per game, which is seventh-best nationally.

A standout defensive back for Springfield, Scott organized a defensive unit throughout the season while making 31 tackles.  The Sport Management major added three interceptions and three pass break ups playing in nine games for the Pride.

Traversa had a dominant season leading the Springfield linebacker corps in which he was second on the team with 54 stops, including 10 tackles-for-loss and a pair of interceptions. The Finance major and team captain, Travesa helped lead a defense that ranks sixth in the country in 3rd down conversion percentage defense (.243).

Sodeinde and Chaves earned the all-conference honor after strong senior campaigns on the Pride's defensive line.  Sodeinde, a Sociology major accounted for 45 tackles, including 10.5 for loss, in addition to a five sacks and a forced fumble, while Chaves, a Finance major has 15 stops to go along with one sack in his final season with the Pride.  The duo are part of the reason Springfield is third in the nation in team tackles for loss, averaging 9.6 a game.

After a year away from the team, Bianchi earned his first all conference honor as an impact player in the secondary.  The Applied Excersise Science major produced 25 tackles, an interception and four pass breakups for Springfield in guiding a defense that is allowing just 10.9 points per game, 12th-best nationally.

Hyde and Belzo also played key roles in the backfield for the Pride this season, garnering 1,155 combined all-purpose yards this season to go along with 12 touchdowns. In his senior campaign, Hyde, who is Sport Management major put together 491 all purpose yards and three touchdowns on a 9.9 yard per carry average. Belzo, who is studying Criminal Justice, has rushed for 566 yards and nine touchdowns as he averaged just over eight yards a carry this year.

Zotti amassed 47 tackles in his final season as a linebacker for the Pride. The senior captain and Health Science major has notched 4.5 tackles for loss and forcing three fumbles while also breaking up three passes.

Starting all 10 games this season, Corporan became a key part of the Pride's defensive unit as he has played a number of positions.  The Health Science major has accounted 44 tackles,  including 8.5 for loss, to go along with two interceptions and two forced fumbles to go along with four pass breakups this season.

Additionally, in his final season with the Pride, senior Antonio Rossi (Clifton Park, N.Y.) was recognized to the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship Team. The award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each team, in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct, regardless of his/her overall performance or statistics for the season.